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Rockin’ River Music Fest in Merritt has been cancelled for 2023, citing economic struggles. (Rockin’ River Music Fest- Facebook)

Rockin’ River Music Fest in Merritt cancelled due to financial struggles

Announcement follows Vancouver Folk Fest, Squamish Constellation Festival cancellations

The S.S. Sicamous Society recently received two of the ship’s original lifeboats, and work is now underway to restore them for display. (Mike Bews - S.S. Sicamous Society)

PHOTOS: S.S. Sicamous Society looking to restore original life boats

The society needs volunteers to help repair and repaint the boats before they can be displayed

Winery tours are a big part of the diversity of tourism options in the Thompson-Okanagan region. (Contributed)

Thompson Okanagan tourism marketing focused on authenticity

Vacation experience respects and celebrates local heritage, preservation of environment

Winery tours are a big part of the diversity of tourism options in the Thompson-Okanagan region. (Contributed)
The geotechnical assessment of the slide area near Keremeos after Jan. 16’s slide found further potential rock fall areas on the mountainside. (Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen)

Rockslide report finds high risk as evacuation order near Keremeos expires

The slide damaged a trailer and other structures at the Eagle RV Park on Jan. 16

The geotechnical assessment of the slide area near Keremeos after Jan. 16’s slide found further potential rock fall areas on the mountainside. (Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen)
Kristine Jack, left, hands over the eagle feather and metaphorical reins of the Pow Wow Between the Lakes to Haley Regan. The Pow Wow will be held at the South Okanagan Events Centre for the first time in 2023. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)

‘Healing the Nation’: Penticton’s Pow Wow Between the Lakes returns this June

June marks the first time the event will be held in the city since settlers came to the region

Kristine Jack, left, hands over the eagle feather and metaphorical reins of the Pow Wow Between the Lakes to Haley Regan. The Pow Wow will be held at the South Okanagan Events Centre for the first time in 2023. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)
Winter Wine Festival coming to Penticton and Oliver Wine District this weekend. (Submitted)

Here’s what’s happening this weekend in Penticton

Winter Wine Festival, comedy night in Penticton and a 50-year celebration at the art gallery

Winter Wine Festival coming to Penticton and Oliver Wine District this weekend. (Submitted)
Penticton Art Gallery curator and director Paul Crawford pictured during the 42nd annual live auction. The gallery is hosting its 50th anniversary art exhibit opening Jan. 28. (Brennan Phillips - Western News file photo)

Penticton Art Gallery celebrates 50 years with unique art exhibit

Celebrations begin Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. for the exhibition opening

Penticton Art Gallery curator and director Paul Crawford pictured during the 42nd annual live auction. The gallery is hosting its 50th anniversary art exhibit opening Jan. 28. (Brennan Phillips - Western News file photo)
(Justin Timberlake/Facebook)

Morning Start: How NSYNC got their name

Your morning start for Friday, Jan. 27

(Justin Timberlake/Facebook)
The Penticton Vees are hosting their eighth annual Pink The Rink Night on Feb. 10 when the team welcomes the Coastal Conference’s Coquitlam Express. A look at members of the Vees after Pink the Rink Night in 2022. (Penticton Vees/Twitter)

Penticton Vees ready to ‘Pink the Rink’ in support of anti-bullying movement

The Vees will be wearing pink jerseys when they play the Coquitlam Express Feb. 10

The Penticton Vees are hosting their eighth annual Pink The Rink Night on Feb. 10 when the team welcomes the Coastal Conference’s Coquitlam Express. A look at members of the Vees after Pink the Rink Night in 2022. (Penticton Vees/Twitter)
The Summerland Steam acquired forward Luke Rothfos in a trade with the Kimberley Dynamiters. (Contributed)
The Summerland Steam acquired forward Luke Rothfos in a trade with the Kimberley Dynamiters. (Contributed)
A figure skater puts on a routine to music when she got the Penticton outdoor rink to herself. (City of Penticton Instagram)

VIDEO: ‘It’s moments like these’ on Penticton’s new outdoor rink

A figure skater took advantage of having the skating facility all to herself

A figure skater puts on a routine to music when she got the Penticton outdoor rink to herself. (City of Penticton Instagram)
The Summerland Steam, in white, lost to the Princeton Posse in a 6-1 decision on Jan. 21 in Summerland. The Steam, in fourth place out of five teams in the Bill Ohlhausen Division, will advance to the playoffs. (Bob Marsh photo)

Summerland Steam advance to hockey playoffs

Junior B team is in fourth place out of five teams in division

The Summerland Steam, in white, lost to the Princeton Posse in a 6-1 decision on Jan. 21 in Summerland. The Steam, in fourth place out of five teams in the Bill Ohlhausen Division, will advance to the playoffs. (Bob Marsh photo)
In the preliminary 2023 budget for Summerland, permissive tax exemptions for churches and places of worship are $63,618, while permissive tax exemptions for not-for-profit organizations are expected to come to $191,276. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland council to provide more than $400K in community support

Grant-in-aid funding, operational support, tax exemptions and other funds included in 2023 budget

In the preliminary 2023 budget for Summerland, permissive tax exemptions for churches and places of worship are $63,618, while permissive tax exemptions for not-for-profit organizations are expected to come to $191,276. (Summerland Review file photo)
A cold spell is forecasted for much of B.C. starting Friday, Jan. 27, including the Okanagan. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Arctic air invasion to sweep across Okanagan, Shuswap

Temperatures will be ‘10 to 20 degrees colder than normal’ beginning late Friday, Jan. 27

A cold spell is forecasted for much of B.C. starting Friday, Jan. 27, including the Okanagan. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Players from the Penticton Minor Hockey Association were treated to a tour of the Penticton Vees’ locker room this past month. (Photo- Penticton Vees/Facebook)

PHOTOS: Minor hockey players enjoy ‘ultimate experience’ at Penticton Vees game

Day at the SOEC included a meet-and-greet with players and tour of the Vees’ locker room

Players from the Penticton Minor Hockey Association were treated to a tour of the Penticton Vees’ locker room this past month. (Photo- Penticton Vees/Facebook)
Highway 97 through Peachland was closed in both directions for several hours. (Black Press file photo)
Highway 97 through Peachland was closed in both directions for several hours. (Black Press file photo)
Cawston actor Joey Munroe, right, in a still shot opposite Bruce Willis in the recently released film Detective Knight: Independence. (Submitted)

From small town Cawston to co-starring with Bruce Willis; Joey Munroe is living his dream

The actor has continued to push further to inspire kids just like he was

Cawston actor Joey Munroe, right, in a still shot opposite Bruce Willis in the recently released film Detective Knight: Independence. (Submitted)
Penticton city community services Anthony Haddad (far left) and city planning manager Blake Laven show a slide titled: Penticton lifestyle attracts professionals and remote workers.' The CHBA of South Okanagan hosted Let's Talk Housing at the Cannery Brewery Tuesday night. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton’s growing population and future housing a hot topic

CHBA of the South Okanagan hosted builders and the city to talk about housing

Penticton city community services Anthony Haddad (far left) and city planning manager Blake Laven show a slide titled: Penticton lifestyle attracts professionals and remote workers.' The CHBA of South Okanagan hosted Let's Talk Housing at the Cannery Brewery Tuesday night. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Summerland’s preliminary budget document calls for expenditures of $16,761,559, not including debt charges, transfers to capital or transfers to reserves. The chart shows how this money is to be distributed. The details may change by the time the budget is finalized. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Summerland’s preliminary budget document calls for expenditures of $16,761,559, not including debt charges, transfers to capital or transfers to reserves. The chart shows how this money is to be distributed. The details may change by the time the budget is finalized. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)